Posted On: 03/24/21 6:02 PM

Kansas High School Football for most programs is still run first, throw second, but here is a look at some of the reception leaders from Class 4A and 3A schools.

These five players are all in the class of 2023 and will be looking to improve their skills over the course of two more high school seasons.

Caon Clark Caon Clark 5'10" | WR Arkansas City | 2023 KS , 5’10”, 170, Arkansas City  – Clark is an interesting prospect. He plays three sports and competes well at all three. He finished the 2020 season with 74 receptions. He is fast and can get lost against a zone defense. He is a solid position receiver, but he also plays point guard on the Bulldog basketball team. On the ball diamond, he plays third base and center field. It will be interesting to see what path he takes with his future.

Hayden Smith, 5’11”, 155, Independence – Smith only had 11 catches in his sophomore season, but boy did he make them count. He caught three balls for touchdowns and averaged more than 20 yards a catch. Smith like Ark City’s Clark is still really young and he has two years to improve and hone his skills.

Caon Clark Caon Clark 5'10" | WR Arkansas City | 2023 KS , 5’10”, 170, Arkansas City  – Clark is an interesting prospect. He plays three sports and competes well at all three. He finished the 2020 season with 74 receptions. He is fast and can get lost against a zone defense. He is a solid position receiver, but he also plays point guard on the Bulldog basketball team. On the ball diamond, he plays third base and center field. It will be interesting to see what path he takes with his future. Hayden Smith, 5’11”, 155, Independence – Smith only had 11 catches in his sophomore season, but boy did he make them count. He caught three balls for touchdowns and averaged more than 20 yards a catch. Smith like Ark City’s Clark is still really young and he has two years to improve and hone his skills. Michael Murray Michael Murray 5'10" | ATH Southeast Saline | 2023 State KS , 5’10”, 155, Southeast of Saline – The Trojans were loaded with talent in 2020 so a sophomore getting some reps says volumes. Murray had 14 receptions for 291 yards during his sophomore season and he found the end zone three times. His most productive game came against rival Smoky Valley where he caught two touchdowns passes for a combined 120 yards. Alec Francis, 5’10”, 165, Concordia – Francis could end playing quarterback for the Panthers, but in 2020 he hauled 19 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Francis contributed in the kickoff return game and carried the ball seven times. He could also see time at defensive back during his junior season. Landin Midgett, 6’1”, 175, Columbus – Midgett already has a nice football frame that should only get bigger and stronger. He made eight catches in 2020 for 177 yards and one score. He saw more time on defense for the Titans with 34 tackles seeing time at linebacker. He is a player that Southeastern Kansas college programs will want to take note of.

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